Isaac Hayden reacts to Newcastle’s defeat, Jonjo Shelvey’s dismissal – and a long overdue Premier League debut

Isaac Hayden.
Isaac Hayden.

Isaac Hayden says Newcastle United’s players are more determined than ever to succeed in the Premier League.

The club was beaten 2-0 by Tottenham Hotspur in Sunday’s season-openerat St James’s Park.

Rafa Benitez lost Florian Thauvin and Paul Dummett to injuries and sent-off Jonjo Shelvey to a three-game ban.

Newcastle must now regroup ahead of Sunday’s game against Huddersfield Town.

“We will have to look at the injuries, see what they bring,” said Hayden.

“We didn’t work as hard as we did last year just to throw it all away. We have a tight-knit group, and we’ll be ready for next Sunday.”

We didn’t work as hard as we did last year just to throw it all away. We have a tight-knit group, and we’ll be ready for next Sunday.

Isaac Hayden

On Shelvey’s dismissal, Hayden added: “We are a team. People will make mistakes. Jonjo made one, but there’ll be others as well.

“Jonjo’s been massive part of the turnaround at this club. He made a mistake, and there’s nothing more to say on it, really. We can’t dwell on it.

“It’s about learning from mistakes like that and coming back stronger.”

Hayden never made a Premier League appearance for former club Arsenal.

Asked about his top-flight debut, the 22-year-old said: “It’s been a long time coming for me.

“I hadn’t played in the Premier League before. It’s nice to be part of it, but I want to have a positive contribution to it. We all want to come back stronger now.

“I have played with quality players growing up. We have good team here.”